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Midweek Matinees

Every Wednesday

See any film before 12pm on Wednesdays for just £7 (+£1 admin fee for non-members) including a hot drink and biscuits.

/ Exhibition

Jack Tait Retrospective

Mon 4 Mar – Fri 31 May | Café Bar, FREE

This new exhibition in our Café Bar features work by renowned artist Jack Tait, who has been creating electro-mechanical drawing machines since 1960.

/ Stage on Screen

NT Live: Nye 15

Tue 23 Apr, 7pm (live) | Tue 7 May, 8pm | Sun 12 May, 3pm | Mon 20 May, 7.30pm (subs) | Thu 20 Jun, 8pm (subs) | Tue 25 Jun, 7.30pm

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state and created the NHS.

/ Film

Mapantsula + Q&A 15

Wed 24 Apr, 6.30pm

After years of suppression, this true classic of guerrilla filmmaking is now available to watch in stunning 4K to mark the 30th anniversary of South African Freedom Day in April.

/ Royal Ballet

Royal Ballet: Swan Lake TBC

Wed 24 Apr, 7.15pm | Sun 28 Apr, 2pm

Classical ballet's most powerful tale of love, treachery and forgiveness returns to the Royal Opera House stage.

/ Event

Film Quiz

Thu 25 Apr, 7.30pm | £2 entry

Test your film knowledge with our popular monthly film quiz, with the chance to win some epic prizes.

/ Film

Challengers 15

Screening from Fri 26 Apr

The hugely entertaining new film from the director of Call Me by Your Name crackles with sexual chemistry and stars Josh O'Connor and Mike Faist as two childhood friends and tennis players, whose relationship is forever changed when they meet tennis prodigy Tashi Duncan (Zendaya).

/ Film

That They May Face the Rising Sun 15

Screening from Fri 26 Apr

Directed by Pat Collins (Songs of Granite, The Dance), this gorgeous adaptation of the final novel from acclaimed Irish author John McGahern captures a year in the life of a rural lakeside hamlet in Ireland in the 1970s.

/ Late Night Friday

The Good, The Bad, the Weird 15

Fri 26 Apr, 10pm

This gloriously enjoyable Korean western action comedy is (as you may have guessed) inspired by Sergio Leone’s The Good The Bad and the Ugly - and involves three men in search of treasure.


ROH: Carmen TBC

Wed 1 May, 6.45pm | Sun 5 May, 2pm

Aigul Akmetshina performs the title role in Damiano Michieletto's sizzling new production of Bizet’s ever-popular opera.

/ Let's Dance International Frontiers

Hidden Histories: Black Dance on Film Past and Present

Thu 2 May, 7pm | Tickets £10

A screening and discussion that explores how film can be used to document Black dance and also used as a creative tool in itself to push the boundaries around dance and performance, chaired by Pawlet Brookes MBE, CEO and Artistic Director of Serendipity Institute for Black Arts.

/ Stage on Screen

Macbeth: Ralph Fiennes & Indira Varma 12A

Thu 2 May, 7pm | Sun 5 May, 3pm

★★★★ – Daily Telegraph. Tony and BAFTA  Award winner Ralph Fiennes and Olivier Award winner Indira Varma star in a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Access Cinema

Regular screenings for people with differing access needs, to give all our customers the chance to enjoy a great cinema experience.

Audio described screenings

For our customers who are blind or have slight loss, many films now come with audio description, where a recorded narrator describes the on-screen action during gaps in the dialogue.

Autism friendly

For children and adults on the autistics / Asperger’s spectrum, these screenings have reduced sound levels, partially raised lighting, no trailers and freedom to move around.

Descriptive subtitles

For anyone who is deaf or has hearing loss, we show subtitled versions of the latest English language movies in our main cinema screens.

Phoenix Leicester

Phoenix is Leicester’s centre for independent cinema, art and digital culture. Films and art deserve to be experienced somewhere special – which is why the whole Phoenix team works hard to make Phoenix a place where everyone can feel welcome and inspired.

Following a multi-million pound expansion, Phoenix now boast four state-of-the-art cinema screens, and shows everything from micro-budget independent films to the latest Hollywood blockbusters, plus film festivals and special events. And as an independent venue, the team handpicks Phoenix’s cinema programme specifically for Leicester audiences, so you’ll see things at Phoenix that aren’t screening in any other local cinemas.

With two superb galleries, Phoenix’s digital art programme presents exciting and innovative work by local and international artists; and short courses, workshops and activities provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about and create their own film and art.

Our newly opened Café Bar offers a stylish and comfortable place to see friends and relax over a meal and drinks, or meet with clients and catch up on some work.

Phoenix believes that film and art have the power to enhance lives, and for many customers Phoenix staff make the difference. With a clear passion for their work, you’ll find many are studying film or art locally, or are involved in the wider creative community Phoenix attracts.

And as a local charity, all earnings go back into developing Phoenix’s creative programmes, enabling them to reach out to more people.

We hope to see you soon.